The Bustard Inn Restaurant in Lincolnshire – Restaurants in South Rauceby, Sleaford


The Bustard Inn

Bar & Restaurant

"Wonderful food, great friendly staff, beautiful British pub"

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karen_el_howard (TripAdvisor), October 2020

Delicious, Safe and Friendly Our first trip out to eat inside for many months. The Bustard Inn has never disappointed and the food was absolutely delicious. The service was very friendly and the whole ambience was just beautifully done. All Covid precautions were thoughtfully managed and we felt very safe and well looked after.

Denise, October 2020

Had a really lovely evening, thank you! The food was outstanding, the best I’ve had for a long time. Felt very safe Covid wise. Everything had been done that could be, but the service and atmosphere were just as good as always. So glad you’re able to keep going in these difficult times.

Gerry Walsh, October 2020

Despite Covid restrictions the Bustard provided us with excellent service and contributed to an excellent evening at our local pub.

Nicholas, October 2020

Great food, great service! Very sensible COVID measures in place. If you’re at all nervous about going to a pub, don’t be!

Kevin Brown, September 2020

A really warm reception, excellently attended to and talked through the new COVID restrictions and what and why things are different. Evident a lot of thought, planning, time and effort has gone into that alone. The service was super and the food was the first day of a new menu. The food was exceptional, very… Read more “Kevin Brown, September 2020”

Honest_Joe2014 (TripAdvisor), September 2020

Very, very nicely done Visited for Sunday Lunch with a friend yesterday and we were extremely impressed on every level, as despite all the Covid regulations, we had a wonderful, relaxed and enjoyable meal. The food was excellent, beginning to end it was all extremely good, my pressed Pork Cheek starter was delicious and the… Read more “Honest_Joe2014 (TripAdvisor), September 2020”

Natty0103 (TripAdvisor), September 2020

Lovely pub, lovely staff, fabulous food We have been to The Bustard for many post Dog walk drinks in the past and often commented on how delicious the Sunday lunches look. After seeing a full beer garden last weekend we decided to book in and have a post Dog walk lunch Instead of just a… Read more “Natty0103 (TripAdvisor), September 2020”

Sarah Smith, September 2020

We enjoyed another delicious meal at the Bustard. The food as always was excellent with a wonderful blend of flavours and beautiful presentation. There was a warm welcome from the staff, with excellent service throughout the evening. A lot of thought has gone into enabling social distancing but this did not detract from the conviviality… Read more “Sarah Smith, September 2020”

Nigel, September 2020

Went for my partner’s birthday meal and I have to say the meal and atmosphere was fantastic. The service was brilliant and they really made the evening special for her. Would highly recommend it. Thank you all.

Paul Weeks, September 2020

Excellent food and service provided by the friendly staff at this delightful restaurant

Susan Hart, September 2020

We had the Sunday roast and it was beautiful. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend The Bustard.

Craig, August 2020

Absolutely lovely afternoon at the Bustard in a stunning setting that is the restaurant garden. We were greeted with such positivity and a clear explanation of the arrangements put us at ease and looking forward to a pleasant experience. The staff were all very polite, dedicated and committed to making everything as good as it… Read more “Craig, August 2020”

Sue, August 2020

Welcome back and thanks to all for a very pleasant meal. Congratulations on setting up such a user-friendly booking system to meet current needs. We felt very safe and looked after; given the circumstances we find ourselves in and we will see you again soon.

Sandra Hilton, August 2020

The booking process was very easy and Lesley rang to confirm the afternoon before our visit that we were happy with the arrangements.
The Bustard Inn is beautifully styled and has a great atmosphere. The management and staff were very professional and incredibly friendly, we felt very welcome indeed. The food was just perfect,… Read more “Sandra Hilton, August 2020”

Amy, August 2020

Staff are very friendly, coping very well with covid-19 social distancing regulations and still serving excellent food.

Lisa Gurney, August 2020

We had an amazing time, as we always do and were so pleased to be able to come back – we’ve missed you all x

Irene Hughes, August 2020

It was my first time at the Bustard! I was very impressed with everything.

Margaret, August 2020

A beautiful Inn
Wonderful atmosphere
Excellent food
Beautiful relaxed interior and garden
Great team who attend to your every need.
5 stars

Joanne Davison, August 2020

We had lunch in the garden on the second day open following the closure due to cvd. The food, service and atmosphere was great as ever.

Martin, August 2020

Great to be back, lovely table in the garden with excellent food and good friendly service.

Ian, August 2020

So friendly and attentive. Lovely food and location. Great option for a lunch with family or friends.

Lauraine, July 2020

Really well organised, felt safe and well looked after. We ate in the garden and it was lovely. Food was delicious as ever and the service was great. Thank you.

Steven, March 2020

My wife and I had a lovely meal this weekend in The Bustard Inn. The staff are friendly and attentive. The food and drink are of a high quality and very reasonably priced.
Both the restaurant area and the bar area are great for having a meal. The log fire was on this weekend… Read more “Steven, March 2020”

Dick Strawbridge, March 2020

Lovely place, Amber was absolutely amazing, really attentive and made us all chuckle, a little diamond!

Andy Dykes, March 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed Sunday lunch at the Bustard Inn yesterday! Whitebait starter was lovely, particularly the spicy tartar sauce, we then both went for the beef and Yorkshire etc. One pink, the other well done, both available and both delicious! The vegetables were excellent! (only comment would be please could you offer serrated knives for the… Read more “Andy Dykes, March 2020”

Claire, March 2020

Lovely meal, fillet steak was cooked perfectly. Staff friendly and service good.

P6619JZemmal (TripAdvisor), March 2020

Great food and service
Fantastic service from Amber complimented by wonderful local food prepared to an exceptionally high standard.

Derek Johnson-Brown, March 2020

Both our meals were delicious and the staff were friendly and very professional.

John Crabtree, February 2020

Excellent service, and excellent food. Will be back.

Jenny Wain, February 2020

Super first class staff, the food and wine was spot on too, I had the beef cheek. Whenever I visit my mum I always want to take her to the best restaurant in the region. And you guys are it.

Abi, February 2020

Amazing food, lovely staff, great meal. Thank you!

Steven, February 2020

Very friendly atmosphere, fantastic food and overall a lovely restaurant.

Elton, February 2020

Visited On Sunday, 16 February 2020. Perfect Sunday lunch in lovely surroundings with attentive staff.

Owen Tate-Wyeth, February 2020

Once again we had a fabulous meal and great service. We’ll be back!

Lisa, February 2020

Lovely Lincolnshire pub! I’ve been here eight times now and have always had great service and lovely food.

Christine T (TripAdvisor), February 2020

Delicious food, friendly and welcoming host and staff
We had dinner here in a lovely dining room on 4th February, a quiet Tuesday evening. We chose three courses from the menu but could have had a special of one course and a drink for £10. The food was hot, delicious and nicely presented. The… Read more “Christine T (TripAdvisor), February 2020”

Bill B (TripAdvisor), February 2020

We visited The Bustard for their Valentines Day evening and the food, the entertainment and the service were all excellent, we will definitely be visiting again soon!

Claire C (TripAdvisor), February 2020

Absolutely great evening very friendly The food was first class our waitress Amber was excellent great service the music was very professional and tasteful – can’t say enough, will definitely be returning.

jubar69 (TripAdvisor), February 2020

A real touch of class, with some of the most amazing food in the local area. Attention to detail, outstanding customer service, the most beautiful setting and a relaxed atmosphere mean that The Bustard Inn simply oozes quality. It is head and shoulders ahead of the competition, and is our guilty pleasure…

lizinlincs (TripAdvisor), February 2020

Having enjoyed a lunch there some time ago, I decided to introduce a friend to The Bustard, as she had not been before, and it was her birthday. Well, it was a lovely evening, the owner was friendly and the waitress was efficient, and the dining room itself is magnificent. The food… Read more “lizinlincs (TripAdvisor), February 2020”

Ian T (TripAdvisor), January 2020

Excellent birthday dinner We went on 21st December as a pre birthday treat. It was excellent. Service, drinks and quality of the food was very high indeed. My ribeye steak was excellent Would wholeheartedly recommend The Bustard

Beverley, January 2020

Lovely village pub with a lovely Sunday lunch menu.

DJWLincolnshire (TripAdvisor), December 2019

Sunday Lunch Returned to The Bustard today after many years away, all I can say is not only was the food excellent (had roast beef, and was asked how I wanted it, pink or well done, that is a rarity nowadays) but the service from the staff was excellent, thank you Lesley. Will definitely recommend… Read more “DJWLincolnshire (TripAdvisor), December 2019”

OWEN T (TripAdvisor), December 2019

Stunning venue What a stunning place to have Sunday lunch. Food was excellent and beautifully served by friendly and helpful staff. Beef par excellance!

B7600TEsamg (TripAdvisor), December 2019

Christmas dinner at The Bustard Inn. On Christmas Day the family and I, decided to go out for our first ever Christmas dinner and I can honestly say it did not disappoint. The food was amazing, each portion size was perfect so by the end of the meal you were full. I would like to… Read more “B7600TEsamg (TripAdvisor), December 2019”

alexanderjross7 (TripAdvisor), December 2019

High Quality Food and Drink here ! I always love eating at The Bustard Inn when in the area. We travel about 40mins to eat and drink here as the quality of the food, the ambience and the service are always very high. The food is locally sourced and of a high standard. Certainly in… Read more “alexanderjross7 (TripAdvisor), December 2019”

Owen Tate-Wyeth, December 2019

Excellent food and service. Would recommend this eatery to anyone. Made welcome, nothing too much trouble. Love the food.

Alexander Ross, December 2019

I always love eating at The Bustard Inn when in the area. We travel about 40mins to eat and drink here as the quality of the food, the ambience and the service are always very high. The food is locally sourced and high quality. Certainly in this area this place stands out from the crowd.

Rachel Hide, December 2019

Once again another superb meal and attentive service. Thank you to all the team. Would thoroughly recommend.

Kate, December 2019

Excellent jazz band, fabulous atmosphere, very enjoyable!

Rosina MacFarlane, December 2019

From start to finish it was welcoming. Can’t praise the food and service highly enough. Absolutely excellent. Thank you.

Lee Cozens, December 2019

Impeccable service and the food was outstanding, a must visit if you’re in the area. We had the Camembert starter and pork for mains. The pork was out of this world and super delicious. For the dessert I highly recommend you try the ‘Queen of puddings’ you will not regret it. Overall 10/10 experience!

Jacbean1964 (TripAdvisor), December 2019

Excellent Christmas Dinner Last Year we had a fabulous works Christmas party meal
Which was enjoyed by all my colleagues.
So I decided to return with and my husband yesterday for Christmas Day Lunch.
We booked the second seating and on arrival we were greeted by a lovely lady at the bar… Read more “Jacbean1964 (TripAdvisor), December 2019”

Rosina, December 2019

From start to finish it was welcoming. Can’t praise the food and service highly enough. Absolutely excellent. Thank you.

wribax (TripAdvisor), December 2019

Absolutely superb! We were celebrating my hubbies 40th so they made it special, arranging tables etc and it was so easy with the children, ages 6 – 69. The food was superb nobody could fault any of the meals, from fillet steak all perfectly cooked, to chicken, fish and pork options all fantastic! Would highly… Read more “wribax (TripAdvisor), December 2019”

Paul, December 2019

Great food, in a excellent venue, with great personal service!

Niki, November 2019

Excellent from start to finish – food was fabulous

William, November 2019

Very satisfied, food was fabulous well cooked and lovely presented. Server from the staff was exceptional and would 100% go back again in the future

Jackie M (TripAdvisor), November 2019

I would highly recommend – we were overnight in Sleaford on our way to the coast and were delighted with the food and helpful staff at The Bustard Inn

PaulaF1429 (TripAdvisor), November 2019

From walking in and being greeted by a really welcoming friendly landlady Lesley to being presented with a beautifully cooked and presented lunch and then having just the right amount of attention during our afternoon of catching up from the whole team made it a perfect afternoon. I feel I have discovered a jewel in… Read more “PaulaF1429 (TripAdvisor), November 2019”

vanRacer (TripAdvisor), November 2019

The bar was very busy and there was a good atmosphere! We had a drink and the staff were very happy to take our order at the bar or table as we wished. Even though we ate in the bar the table was laid with proper cloth napkins….a nice change from the paper ones.
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Paul, November 2019

Can’t fault it. Best restaurant around.

Lauryn, November 2019

The food was amazing. Myself and my partner have both said we will be returning and bringing family with us so they can try the food. We haven’t tasted food like it. All fresh and the place was amazing. Lovely atmosphere. We only live down the road and we haven’t seen or heard of this… Read more “Lauryn, November 2019”

Mike, November 2019

The wife and I go to The Bustard Inn on special occasions our most enjoyed restaurant polite staff, nice service and excellent food!

Geoff, November 2019

Great food, fantastic service, lovely atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Michele, November 2019

Had a lovely lunch the day before our daughter’s wedding there, both the lunch and the wedding were superb. A big shout out to Lesley & her team for their work.

Katharine, October 2019

Our group of 7 enjoyed a fabulous Sunday roast, it was absolutely delicious. The service and speed of food arrival were also excellent.

Barbara, October 2019

Everyone was very friendly and helpful, the food absolutely delicious, well presented, and hot. The venue was delightful and very clean (including the toilets, an area often forgotten but very important). Thank you to everyone for making the experience a very good one, I am sure we will be back even though we live out… Read more “Barbara, October 2019”

Rachael, October 2019

A really enjoyable dining experience. The food was absolutely delicious, service was great. Will most definitely be back. Thank you to all staff.

Peter Morgan, September 2019

The Bustard Inn is a gem. Great staff and fabulous food.

Frances, September 2019

A hidden gem!

Paul G (TripAdvisor), September 2019

Great food, great portions, great welcome We visited here on the off chance whilst driving in the area on holiday. It was a very lucky find. The waitress welcomed us warmly and made sure we had all we needed. The food tastes good and came in generous portions – it was a bit of a… Read more “Paul G (TripAdvisor), September 2019”

Tom, September 2019

I have driven past The Bustard Inn for many years and never quite been able to visit. First impressions were great, and I was amazed to see how big the restaurant was. The staff were very polite and helpful, the food was AMAZING (one of the best steaks I have ever had. Totally worth it).… Read more “Tom, September 2019”

Duncan, September 2019

Excellent and really delicious food. Staff lovely and service excellent. Carry on doing what you are doing. I would highly recommend The Bustard. 😊😊

Lisa Kirby, September 2019

We’ve eaten here six times over the past four years and always have a great meal. I think this was my favourite so far, rib-eye steak followed by lemon meringue pie. Delicious food and great service.

Keri J (TripAdvisor), September 2019

Lovely food and staff. Had a gorgeous meal and the staff are so friendly and helpful just added to the lovely evening. Wish it was more Local to me – I would become a regular visitor.

Steven Buss, September 2019

Clean, good food, staff very helpful, didn’t take long for the food to come. It all tasted fab. Well presented. I normally take photos of the food but it looked so good I just had to eat it. Toilets were very clean.

Sharon Watson, September 2019

Food was amazing and the staff excellent. Highly recommend.

James Fenwick-Smith, September 2019

Excellent food and good local ale.

Chris Mousley, September 2019

Excellent food. Friendly staff. Would book again

Helen Atkinson, September 2019

Highly recommend. Food tasty and service faultless. High standard for pub food, although perhaps a little pricey but worth it for the quality. There is a light lunch option, which we had – smaller portions at a lower price which means that you can sample more than one dish when you don’t want a big… Read more “Helen Atkinson, September 2019”

Karen, August 2019

Fantastic food. Lovely, clean interior. Friendly & helpful staff.

Gayner, August 2019

Lovely atmosphere, friendly and welcoming as always 😊 Amazing food – our favourite place to go locally, always top quality

Gerry, August 2019

Each experience has been impressive

Carol, August 2019

Lovely evening with my family. Nice place to visit if you want something a bit special. Good choice of ale and wine.

Chrismar50 (TripAdvisor), August 2019

Birthday Sunday lunch I have driven past The Bustard Inn hundreds of time but never visited. I was celebrating my birthday with family and had Sunday lunch. WOW. What a surprise. From the outside the building looks dark. It was a total surprise. The dining room is lovely and light. Beautiful in fact. We had… Read more “Chrismar50 (TripAdvisor), August 2019”

Paula, August 2019

Had another fantastic meal. Service extremely friendly and very welcoming. The Chef was very accommodating with different food options as there was one vegetarian in our party. I requested if possible to have a square table of 8 rather than in a long line. Which made the icing on the cake as we were all… Read more “Paula, August 2019”

Paul, August 2019

As always a great meal/experience …this time my wife’s birthday lunch on a Sunday. Friendly, professional service. Excellent meal, great choice even for a Sunday lunchtime.

ClanGunn (TripAdvisor), August 2019

Went to the Bustard with a couple of friends for a midweek lunch. I had never eaten there before but my guess is that I shall eat there again. I chose the fish n’ chips and everything on the plate was absolutely delicious, including the minted mushy peas (and I don’t like mint ! –… Read more “ClanGunn (TripAdvisor), August 2019”

Kim Wright, August 2019

Great, no, FANTASTIC meal, lovely staff

Carl Winwood, August 2019

Real ale and some pub grub. Pure delight.

Peter, June 2019

Outstanding food, atmosphere and service. We always enjoy our visits. Nice to see some new items on the menu as well as old favourites. We will be back!

Sara, June 2019

Superb food, excellent service and a lovely setting. We will be back soon!

Andy, June 2019

Really lovely place to eat and drink. Well worth a visit. A little more expensive than the norm, however it was well worth the extra expense.

Janet, June 2019

We loved our lunch and the staff were so sweet and friendly. Planning on making another visit.

Mary, June 2019

The vegetarian dish was delicious

Kevin, June 2019

Great food as always

Suzanne, June 2019

Excellent service and fabulous food. Thank you – we will be definitely revisiting

Alan, June 2019

Very welcoming. Excellent service. Our lunch was extremely tasty, very well-presented and more than enough, leaving no room to sample the delicious sounding puddings. Perhaps we will next time, as we will certainly be back. Thank you.

Karl Bostock, June 2019

Great place to grab some lunch. I always find the staff really friendly. Food was excellent and priced accordingly. Enjoy!

Bryan, June 2019

As always the quality of the food was excellent. I enjoyed the pink roast beef and my daughter was “blown away” by the Mushroom Gnocchi. Bar staff, waitresses couldn’t be more helpful. Lovely place.

Colin, June 2019

Service very good, staff efficient and friendly. Meal excellent, pud to die for. Must be best in area.

Amy, June 2019

Love coming here, weather was lovely so sat outside for a family meal. Service was just as quick and attentive as inside.

Les B (TripAdvisor), June 2019

Our group of 25 had lunch last Thursday. The food from the gnocchi to the fish and chips to the sticky toffee pudding were outstanding. The staff were welcoming, friendly, efficient and professional. We visited many places in Lincolnshire that day but for many the highlight was lunch at The Bustard Inn.

jodvine11 (TripAdvisor), July 2019

Me and my partner won a competition on social media for a 3 course meal and from the minute we arrived we received incredible service. Staff and Lesley herself were so polite and the food was amazing. The atmosphere was great and although we didn’t have to pay for our meal the prices were spot… Read more “jodvine11 (TripAdvisor), July 2019”

philp580 (TripAdvisor), July 2019

Booked online at 10am, lovely welcome as usual food excellent, service first class , plenty of menu choice. Would recommend to everyone. Thank you.

Jason Parr, July 2019

First time to the Bustard Inn – and won’t be the last, the service was great, quality of food fantastic (though a little expensive). No GF option but the chef did effortlessly cater for this and changed a dish to accommodate, very much appreciated. Highly recommended.

Michelle, July 2019

Wonderful meal for our 10th wedding anniversary. Wine was lovely, the food was simply outstanding every dish we ordered was faultless, the service was fabulous. Can’t find any faults at all. Highly recommend. Thank you all for such a wonderful evening.

Helen, July 2019

Wonderful evening, service was fabulous even with a number of guests in dining, meals were luscious as always. See you in 2020!!!

Ruth Hodge, July 2019

We had a super anniversary meal on Tuesday the 23rd. The atmosphere is lovely and the food excellent quality and a great price. My husband commented it was the best steak he has had in a very long time. We will be back soon.

Stanley Wisdom, July 2019

Amazing service, lovely food – would highly recommended!

Rob King, July 2019

Great food, great staff, thank you – we will be back


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The Bustard Inn has been beautifully restored to highlight the stone walls and original timbers. The decor is light and fresh reflecting the colours in the stone with tapestries and bespoke wall art, tapestry chairs, hand-made solid wood tables and doors, wrought iron work, porcelain tiled floors, subtle lighting and underfloor heating throughout; this creates an elegant but informal and relaxing environment.


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